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'There is no humanity here': Migrants in Idomeni

Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 01:21

After legally entering Macedonia last month, a group of migrants from Syria and Iraq are claiming they were deported back to Greece. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The line at the Idomeni migrant camp just got a little bit longer. This after a group of migrants say Macedonian authorities forced them back into Greece after entering legally last month. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED MIGRANT FROM SYRIA SAYING: ''On March 4, last month, we went in legally and we were given maps of Macedonia, and we went in and part of our group crossed the border into Serbia while we were returned." Part of that return, the migrants say, involved beatings. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNIDENTIFIED MIGRANT FROM SYRIA SAYING: "A military vehicle brought us to the river nearby and it was either we cross the river or go through the hole that they dug out. They made us go through the hole by force, by beating us.'' Now they're back in Idomeni, where more than 12,000 migrants remain camped out. They want the border to reopen so they can continue their journey into northern Europe, and escape what one migrant calls a prison. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MIGRANT FROM SYRIA, MOHAMED, SAYING: "I am banned from moving anywhere or applying anywhere. Two months in Europe and we have experienced more injustice than five years of war under Bashar al-Assad. There is no humanity here.'' No humanity they say, and now few signs of hope.

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'There is no humanity here': Migrants in Idomeni

Saturday, April 09, 2016 - 01:21